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The Christian Church in the Cold War


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Part One EASTERN EUROPE: The Beginnings of the Cold War The Russian Conquests. Reconstruction. The Morality of Tyrannicide. The Federal Republic of Germany. Christianity and the Holocaust. Pope Plus XII and Communism. The Attack upon Christianity in Eastern Europe The Secular Rites. Monks and Nuns. The State Control of the Churches. The Christian Co-operators. Violence Albania. The 'Destruction' of the Uniats. Show Trials Tiso in Slovakia. Stepinac in Yugoslavia. Mndszenty in Hungary. The effects of the Marxist Attack Acts of Aggression. Opinion Polls. Christianity and the History of the Nations. Division in the East European Churches. Orthodox Church Leaders in Eastern Europe. Catholic Church Leaders in Eastern Europe. Part Two WESTERN EUROPE: The West and Marxism The Second Vatican Council and the Cold War. Religious Liberty. The Council and Communism. The Way of Worship The Language of the liturgy. New Forms of Prayer. Charisma The Charismatics. Pilgrimages. Saints. The Ministry married Priests? The Ordination of Women. Retirement for Age. Monks and Nuns Historic Orders. Mount Athos. Other Greek Monasteries and Nunneries. Protestant Monks and Nuns. Taize. Ethics Divorce. Contraception. Abortion. Torture. Church and State in Western Europe Constitutions. Taxes. The Head of the State. Movements to Separate Church and State. Spain. Greece Germany. Switzerland. Perestroika The Election of Pope john Paul I in 1978. The Election o f Pope John Paul 11 in 1978. Gorbachev. Suggestions for Further Reading.

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Reverend Owen Chadwick (1916-2015) was one of the foremost historians of church history. Reverend Chadwick's many notable publications include The Victorian Church, Victorian Miniature, and The Secularisation of the European Mind in the 19th Century. He was a Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, where he was also Vice-Chancellor. He was an ordained Anglican priest and academic whose writing on Christianity was known for being both scholarly and entertaining.


"This short monograph surveys church history in Eastern and Western Europe from WW II to the present. . . . A useful introduction to the complexities of church history in contemporary Europe from the pen of a distinguished British historian."

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